23rd March 2011
NECF STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE PRESS STATEMENT BY MINISTER IN THE PRIME MINISTER DEPARTMENT SENATOR DATUK IDRIS JALA ON BM BIBLE TO CARRY "FOR CHRISTIANITY" STAMP
The National Evangelical Christian Fellowship of Malaysia (NECF), one of the component bodies of the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) is disappointed that Minister in the Prime Minister Department Senator Datuk Idris Jala has released the press statement on BM Bibles to Carry "For Christianity" Stamp while deliberation and consideration are still ongoing within the various constituencies of the Christian community.
On 18 March 2011, Senator Datuk Idris Jala and the Attorney General, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, met with representatives from the Christian Federation of Malaysia and other relevant Christian groups together with their legal advisers to present on behalf of the Government what is believed to be a workable solution for all parties.
At the end of the discussion, the representatives from the Christian Federation of Malaysia reiterated the need to refer to their respective church leaders and requested time to meet and discuss the matter further. The representatives also informed the Government that the Christian Federation of Malaysia would revert on their decision as soon as practicable since this matter has far reaching implications for Christians both in East and West Malaysia.
Hence NECF views the press statement released as premature and not true as the CFM has yet to meet and discussions are still ongoing.